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by Heinrich Domingo
Great artistry does not only happen under the limelight. Sometimes, those located at the periphery are the ones who bring the best of the movie. Ronnie Quizon (playing caretaker Dado), as the supporting actor, embodies forbearance. He is one among many Filipinos who are willing to accept pain, let go of its source, and be happy again. The uncertainty in balut business is a reminder of our prevailing culture to willingly suffer long months of hard work without any promise of good return. Balut Country brilliantly captures the Philippine social and class struggles enveloped within a conservative blanket of Filipino culture. Though the film might not look appetizing at first, giving it a try is a must.